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Medal - Ulysses Musotti

Ulysses Musotti

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    Bologna (made)

  • Date:

    1515 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Francia, Francesco (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast bronze

  • Museum number:

    7556-1861

  • Gallery location:

    Medieval & Renaissance, Room 64, The Wolfson Gallery, case SS, shelf 3

The reverse of a medal often bore designs that said something about the sitter. This medal of the Bolognese lawyer Ulysses Musotti shows objects found in a study, including a convex mirror on a triangular wooden stand. Often found in studies, mirrors could be used to magnify text, though they showed it in reverse. The medal is made by Francesco Raibolini, called Francia, a medalist, jeweller, goldsmith and painter from Bologna.

Physical description

Circular bronze medal the obverse depicts ulysses musotti a young man in profile facing to the left his hair falls to the base of his neck and he wear a cap. The reverse of the medal shows objects found in a study: including a book a mortar and an hour glass.

Place of Origin

Bologna (made)

Date

1515 (made)

Artist/maker

Francia, Francesco (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Cast bronze

Marks and inscriptions

‘He did not forsake the orphan and stranger; he was a helper to orphans and to the widow’
Inscribed on reverse on book in Latin

'I.D.ANT.FILIVS. VLIXES.MVSOTVS'
Inscribed on the obverse

Dimensions

Diameter: 6.6 cm, Depth: 1.4 cm, Weight: 0.18 kg

Object history note

Bought, 16s., 8d.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, representing the Doctor of Laws Ulysses Musotti, by Francesco Raibolini (called Francia), Italy, Bologna, ca. 1500

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1861. In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 23
Hill, George Francis. A Corpus of Italian Medals of the Renaissance, Before Cellini, Volume I, Text. London: British Museum, 1930, p. 156, No. 608

Materials

Bronze

Techniques

Casting

Subjects depicted

Books

Categories

Coins & Medals; Portraits

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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